SHOWDOWN IN THE COLISEUM: UMES SET TO TAKE ON WAKE FOREST
Dec. 28, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Lady Hawks return to the hardwood after the holiday break in search of their second straight road victory, taking on Wake Forest on Thursday for a 2:00 p.m. afternoon tip off. This is the sixth straight road contest for UMES and final game of the 2011 calendar year.
UMES and Wake Forest will play at the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum, the site of the MEAC Tournament in March. The Lady Hawks stand at 3-7 while the Demon Deacons are at 8-3 going into the game.
LAST TIME OUT: Before the holiday break, the Lady Hawks, led by career-high point totals by Chelsea Sanders, Adobi Agbasi and Courtney Braxton, snapped their four-game losing streak with a road victory over Old Dominion 63-59 in Norfolk. After the Lady Monarchs took an early five-point lead 13-8, UMES went on a 16-5 run to take the lead 24-18. UMES kept a small lead for the majority of the second half with a Sanders three putting the team up 54-45 with 4:55 to play. Up by eight with 1:50 to play, UMES withstood the Old Dominion comeback attempt to win 63-59. Sanders finished with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists. Agbasi had 19 points off 9-11 shooting plus seven boards. For the Lady Monarchs, JoNiaqua Guilford led the team with 14 points.
SERIES HISTORY: UMES and Wake Forest will meet for the second year in a row and third time overall on Wednesday, with all games occurring in Winston-Salem. The Demon Deacons lead the series 2-0, winning 60-51 last season.
SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS: Wake Forest has started the 2011-12 season at 8-3. After a pair of home losses to Delaware and Howard, Wake Forest defeated SMU 65-53 on the road in its last game. Though December 18th, Wake Forest stands 29th in Division I in points per game, currently averaging 75.2 a contest. The Demon Deacons are led in scoring by sophomore guard Chelsea Douglas, getting 11.1 points and 4.2 assists a contest. Senior forward Secily Ray is the team's leading rebounder with 7.4 a game, adding 9.5 points each contest.
COACH BATCHELOR APPROACHING 100TH UMES WIN: After UMES's victory over Old Dominion last week, coach Fred Batchelor is just two wins away from reaching his 100th win with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, currently standing at 98-118 in his eight seasons. This will make Coach Batchelor the first in UMES women's basketball history to reach that mark.
AGBASI REACHES 150-BLOCK MILESTONE: With a season high six blocks against South Florida, Adobi Agbasi stands at 150 blocks in her career. This season, Agbasi has 19 blocks, standing 33rd in Division I with 2.4 blocked shots per game. She stands second all-time in blocks in UMES history behind Kristi Veltkamp, who finished with 231 blocks from 2004 to 2008.
NO-SCORE ZONE: UMES is allowing just 56.7 points per game, standing in the 73rd in the country. Three UMES opponents, Canisius, American and Delaware State, all scored less than 45 points.
ALL-AROUND AMBER: Amber Cook is in the top-three on the team in four major categories. Leading the team with 22 assists, Cook is third on UMES with 7.3 points a game, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals a contest.
CHELSEA LEADING THE WAY: Chelsea Sanders leads UMES with 13.1 points per contest, earning double digit points in eight games this season. She also sports a team high 15 steals and is second on UMES with 5.6 rebounds a game. Sanders has twice tied a career high with 22 points against UMBC and Old Dominion.